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Paragon sees growth in specialist mortgage business

Paragon’s specialist portfolio buy-to-let lending grew during the final quarter of 2019.

Specialist buy-to-let lending was 1.1% higher year-on-year at £375.4m, whilst the quarter end pipeline figure for buy-to-let was £814m, which is up 11.6% year-on-year, of which 92% is specialist.

Paragon managing director of Mortgages, Richard Rowntree, said: “Portfolio landlords have demonstrated a greater propensity to buy in the current market. 

“These landlords often focus on more complex properties and require a specialist lender, such as Paragon, that can fully cater for their needs.”

Other mortgage and amateur buy-to-let volumes were lower in comparison, following Paragon’s decision to focus on higher margin, professional business, with overall mortgage lending down 4%.

Paragon’s commercial lending new business volumes were 19.9% higher than the comparable quarter at £254.1m. 

Paragon’s chief executive, Nigel Terrington, commented: “The [Pragon] group has made a strong start to our 2020 financial year where good progress has been achieved in our key divisions.”

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